There are plenty of words to describe the enormous expanse of federal red tape, but Patrick McLaughlin, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, took the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words” to heart when he set out to visualize the growth in federal regulations between 1950 and 2013.
In 1950, federal regulations were nothing to sneeze — in the neighborhood of 10,000 pages, according to McLaughlin — but maybe a smart person with plenty of time on their hands could get through it.
How much regulation has been added between then and now?
Watch the video to see (spoiler: it’s a lot) and witness the immense stack nearly crush McLaughlin, helping to prove his point about red tape:
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